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- How equal is Shetland society?
- What inequalities exist, and why?
- What kind of impact does any inequality have?
- What needs to be done to reduce any inequalities that do exist?
These are just some of the questions that Shetland’s new Tackling Inequalities Commission will be exploring over the next few months.
The Commission of over 20 independent people will listen to evidence; understand and unpick key issues; and come up with solutions where any areas of inequality are highlighted.
It has been established by Shetland Partnership Board and will exist for a short period of time (six months to a year). The Board will be responsible for making sure any actions recommended by the Commission to reduce inequalities are carried out.
Evidence shows the main inequality in Shetland is socio-economic or related to low income and poverty. Poverty is not just about money though. Other things can lead to inequality, such as:
- illness or disability
- low quality and insecure housing
- adverse outcomes at school
- diminished rights (and the means to exercise them)
- gender, ethnicity, faith, sexuality
- isolation, loneliness and stigma